Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

I think it is fairly evident that you should have a decent backup plan SSD or not.

This is not new.

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iswrong Member since:
2012-07-15

Yup. I have an SSD in my MacBook Pro. The difference is like day and night. My work machine still uses a hard disk and it is annoyingly slow.

I use onsite backup (Time Machine) and offsite (backblaze), so when my SSD crashes, I'd be up and running again in no-time. Not that I am too worried about it, because the average SSD lifetime is a lot longer than I use a particular machine.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

lucas_maximus,

"I think it is fairly evident that you should have a decent backup plan SSD or not.

This is not new."

Of course you should have backups. But what is new compared to HDD is that NAND flash itself has a very limited number of writes before dying, even if none of the components have broken down. A hard drive can obviously break down, but as far as I know it's media can take virtually unlimited number of writes without worrying about significant data integrity losses.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

"Sudden death" is also new - or at least, the severity of it. Because it happens also to HDDs of course, but there it tends to impact only the electronics board - so swapping it for one from an identical drive quite often did the trick, as far as copying the data goes.

With SSDs being just one electronic board, it's bound to be more messy...

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